Holidays and observances

Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances
Holidays and observances


708 - Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708).


1009 - Mainz Cathedral suffers extensive damage from a fire, which destroys the building on the day of its inauguration.

Events1011 years ago

1261 - Pope Urban IV succeeds Pope Alexander IV as the 182nd pope.

Events759 years ago

1315 - Battle of Montecatini: The army of the Republic of Pisa, commanded by Uguccione della Faggiuola, wins a decisive victory against the joint forces of the Kingdom of Naples and the Republic of Florence despite being outnumbered.

Events705 years ago

1350 - Battle of Winchelsea (or Les Espagnols sur Mer): The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships.

Events670 years ago

1475 - The Treaty of Picquigny ends a brief war between the kingdoms of France and England.

Events545 years ago
Events536 years ago

1498 - Vasco da Gama decides to depart Calicut and return to Kingdom of Portugal.

Events522 years ago

1521 - The Ottoman Turks capture Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade).

Events499 years ago

1526 - Battle of Mohács: The Ottoman Turks led by Suleiman the Magnificent defeat and kill the last Jagiellonian king of Hungary and Bohemia.

Events494 years ago

1541 - The Ottoman Turks capture Buda, the capital of the Hungarian Kingdom.

Events479 years ago

1728 - The city of Nuuk in Greenland is founded as the fort of Godt-Haab by the royal governor Claus Paarss.

Events292 years ago

1756 - Frederick the Great attacks Saxony, beginning the Seven Years' War in Europe.

Events264 years ago

1758 - The Treaty of Easton establishes the first American Indian reservation, at Indian Mills, New Jersey, for the Lenape.

Events262 years ago

1778 - American Revolutionary War: British and American forces battle indecisively at the Battle of Rhode Island.

Events242 years ago

1786 - Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens.

Events234 years ago

1807 - British troops under Sir Arthur Wellesley defeat a Danish militia outside Copenhagen in the Battle of Køge.

Events213 years ago
Events189 years ago

1842 - Treaty of Nanking signing ends the First Opium War.

Events178 years ago
Events159 years ago

1869 - The Mount Washington Cog Railway opens, making it the world's first mountain-climbing rack railway.

Events151 years ago

1871 - Emperor Meiji orders the abolition of the han system and the establishment of prefectures as local centers of administration. (Traditional Japanese date: July 14, 1871).

Events149 years ago

1885 - Gottlieb Daimler patents the world's first internal combustion motorcycle, the Reitwagen.

Events135 years ago

1898 - The Goodyear tire company is founded.

Events122 years ago

1903 - The Slava, the last of the five Borodino-class battleships, is launched.

Events117 years ago

1907 - The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers.

Events113 years ago

1910 - The Japan–Korea Treaty of 1910, also known as the Japan–Korea Annexation Treaty, becomes effective, officially starting the period of Japanese rule in Korea.

Events110 years ago

1911 - Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.

Events109 years ago

1911 - The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy.

Events109 years ago

1914 - World War I: Start of the Battle of St. Quentin in which the French Fifth Army counter-attacked the invading Germans at Saint-Quentin, Aisne.

Events106 years ago

1915 - US Navy salvage divers raise F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in an accident.

Events105 years ago

1916 - The United States passes the Philippine Autonomy Act.

Events104 years ago

1918 - World War I: Bapaume taken by the New Zealand Division in the Hundred Days Offensive.

Events102 years ago

1930 - The last 36 remaining inhabitants of St Kilda are voluntarily evacuated to other parts of Scotland.

Events90 years ago

1941 - World War II: Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is occupied by Nazi Germany following an occupation by the Soviet Union.

Events79 years ago

1943 - World War II: German-occupied Denmark scuttles most of its navy; Germany dissolves the Danish government.

Events77 years ago

1944 - World War II: Slovak National Uprising takes place as 60,000 Slovak troops turn against the Nazis.

Events76 years ago
Events71 years ago

1950 - Korean War: British troops arrive in Korea to bolster the US presence there.

Events70 years ago

1965 - The Gemini V spacecraft returns to Earth, landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Events55 years ago

1966 - The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Events54 years ago

1966 - Leading Egyptian thinker Sayyid Qutb is executed for plotting the assassination of President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Events54 years ago

1970 - Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War, East Los Angeles, California. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Rubén Salazar.

Events50 years ago

1982 - The synthetic chemical element Meitnerium, atomic number 109, is first synthesized at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany.

Events38 years ago
Events29 years ago

1991 - Libero Grassi, an Italian businessman from Palermo, is killed by the Sicilian Mafia after taking a solitary stand against their extortion demands.

Events29 years ago

1996 - Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashes into a mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen, killing all 141 aboard.

Events24 years ago

1997 - Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.

Events23 years ago

1997 - At least 98 villagers are killed by the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria GIA in the Rais massacre, Algeria.

Events23 years ago

2003 - Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, is assassinated in a terrorist bombing, along with nearly 100 worshippers as they leave a mosque in Najaf.

Events17 years ago

2005 - Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing up to 1,836 people and causing $125 billion in damage.

Events15 years ago

2012 - At least 26 Chinese miners are killed and 21 missing after a blast in the Xiaojiawan coal mine, located at Panzhihua, Sichuan Province.

Events8 years ago


979 - Otto (or Eudes), French nobleman (d. 1045)


1321 - John of Artois, French nobleman (d. 1387)

Births699 years ago

1347 - John Hastings, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English nobleman and soldier (d. 1375)

Births673 years ago

1434 - Janus Pannonius, Hungarian bishop and poet (d. 1472)

Births586 years ago

1514 - García Álvarez de Toledo, 4th Marquis of Villafranca, Spanish noble and admiral (d. 1577)

Births506 years ago

1534 - Nicholas Pieck, Dutch Franciscan friar and martyr (d. 1572)

Births486 years ago

1597 - Henry Gage, Royalist officer in the English Civil War (d. 1645)

Births423 years ago

1619 - Jean-Baptiste Colbert, French economist and politician, Controller-General of Finances (d. 1683)

Births401 years ago

1628 - John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1701)

Births392 years ago

1632 - John Locke, English physician and philosopher (d. 1704)

Births388 years ago

1724 - Giovanni Battista Casti, Italian poet and author (d. 1803)

Births296 years ago

1725 - Charles Townshend, English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1767)

Births295 years ago

1728 - Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, electress of Bavaria (d. 1797)

Births292 years ago

1756 - Jan Śniadecki, Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1830)

Births264 years ago

1756 - Count Heinrich von Bellegarde, Austrian general and politician (d. 1845)

Births264 years ago

1773 - Aimé Bonpland, French botanist and explorer (d. 1858)

Births247 years ago

1777 - Hyacinth, Russian religious leader, founded Sinology (d. 1853)

Births243 years ago

1780 - Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, French painter and illustrator (d. 1867)

Births240 years ago

1792 - Charles Grandison Finney, American minister and author (d. 1875)

Births228 years ago

1805 - Frederick Denison Maurice, English priest, theologian, and author (d. 1872)

Births215 years ago

1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., American physician and author (d. 1894)

Births211 years ago

1810 - Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentinian theorist and diplomat (d. 1884)

Births210 years ago

1811 - Henry Bergh, American activist, founded the ASPCA (d. 1888)

Births209 years ago

1842 - Alfred Shaw, English cricketer, rugby player, and umpire (d. 1907)

Births178 years ago

1843 - David B. Hill, American lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of New York (d. 1910)

Births177 years ago

1844 - Edward Carpenter, English anthologist and poet (d. 1929)

Births176 years ago

1857 - Sandford Schultz, English cricketer (d. 1937)

Births163 years ago

1861 - Byron G. Harlan, American singer (d. 1936)

Births159 years ago

1862 - Andrew Fisher, Scottish-Australian politician and diplomat, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1928)

Births158 years ago

1862 - Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)

Births158 years ago

1871 - Albert François Lebrun, French engineer and politician, 15th President of France (d. 1950)

Births149 years ago

1875 - Leonardo De Lorenzo, Italian flute player and educator (d. 1962)

Births145 years ago

1876 - Charles F. Kettering, American engineer and businessman, founded Delco Electronics (d. 1958)

Births144 years ago

1876 - Kim Koo, South Korean politician, 6th President of The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (d. 1949)

Births144 years ago

1887 - Jivraj Narayan Mehta, Indian physicians and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Gujarat (d. 1978)

Births133 years ago

1888 - Salme Dutt, Estonian-English politician (d. 1964)

Births132 years ago

1890 - Peder Furubotn, Norwegian Communist and anti-Nazi Resistance leader (d.1975)

Births130 years ago

1891 - Marquis James, American journalist and author (d. 1955)

Births129 years ago

1898 - Preston Sturges, American director and producer (d. 1959)

Births122 years ago

1901 - Aurèle Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player and referee (d. 1986)

Births119 years ago

1904 - Werner Forssmann, German physician and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1979)

Births116 years ago

1905 - Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (d. 1979)

Births115 years ago

1905 - Arndt Pekurinen, Finnish activist (d. 1941)

Births115 years ago

1910 - Vivien Thomas, American surgeon and academic (d. 1985)

Births110 years ago

1911 - John Charnley, British orthopedic surgeon (d. 1982)

Births109 years ago

1912 - Sohn Kee-chung, South Korean runner (d. 2002)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Barry Sullivan, American actor (d. 1994)

Births108 years ago

1912 - Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian-English cinematographer and photographer (d. 2016)

Births108 years ago

1913 - Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1999)

Births107 years ago

1915 - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (d. 1982)

Births105 years ago

1915 - Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and author (d. 1985)

Births105 years ago

1916 - Luther Davis, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 2008)

Births104 years ago

1916 - George Montgomery, American actor, stuntman, director, and producer (d. 2000)

Births104 years ago

1917 - Isabel Sanford, American actress (d. 2004)

Births103 years ago

1920 - Charlie Parker, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1955)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Herb Simpson, American baseball player (d. 2015)

Births100 years ago

1920 - Otis Boykin, American inventor and engineer (d. 1982)

Births100 years ago

1922 - Richard Blackwell, American actor, fashion designer, and critic (d. 2008)

Births98 years ago

1922 - John Edward Williams, American author and educator (d. 1994)

Births98 years ago

1922 - Arthur Anderson, American actor (d. 2016)

Births98 years ago

1923 - Richard Attenborough, English actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

Births97 years ago

1924 - Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (d. 1963)

Births96 years ago

1926 - Helene Ahrweiler, Greek historian and academic

Births94 years ago

1926 - Donn Fendler, American author and speaker (d. 2016)

Births94 years ago

1926 - Betty Lynn, American actress

Births94 years ago

1927 - Jimmy C. Newman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

Births93 years ago

1928 - Charles Gray, English actor (d. 2000)

Births92 years ago

1928 - Herbert Meier, Swiss author and translator

Births92 years ago

1929 - Thom Gunn, English-American poet and academic (d. 2004)

Births91 years ago

1930 - Jacques Bouchard, Canadian businessman (d. 2006)

Births90 years ago

1930 - Carlos Loyzaga, Filipino basketball player and coach (d. 2016)

Births90 years ago

1931 - Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer and guitarist (d. 2001)

Births89 years ago

1931 - Lise Payette, Canadian journalist and politician

Births89 years ago

1933 - Sorel Etrog, Romanian-Canadian sculptor, painter, and illustrator (d. 2014)

Births87 years ago

1933 - Arnold Koller, Swiss politician

Births87 years ago

1934 - Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor and director (d. 2004)

Births86 years ago

1935 - Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch linguist and author (d. 2014)

Births85 years ago

1935 - William Friedkin, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births85 years ago

1935 - László Garai, Hungarian psychologist and scholar

Births85 years ago

1936 - John McCain, American captain and politician (d. 2018)

Births84 years ago

1937 - James Florio, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 49th Governor of New Jersey

Births83 years ago

1938 - Elliott Gould, American actor and producer

Births82 years ago

1938 - Angela Huth, English journalist and author

Births82 years ago

1938 - Christian Müller, German footballer and manager

Births82 years ago

1938 - Robert Rubin, American lawyer and politician, 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury

Births82 years ago

1939 - Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek, Hungarian discus thrower and shot putter

Births81 years ago

1939 - Joel Schumacher, American director, producer, and screenwriter

Births81 years ago

1940 - James Brady, American politician and activist, 15th White House Press Secretary (d. 2014)

Births80 years ago

1940 - Gary Gabelich, American race car driver (d. 1984)

Births80 years ago

1941 - Robin Leach, English journalist and television host (d. 2018)

Births79 years ago

1942 - James Glennon, American cinematographer (d. 2006)

Births78 years ago

1942 - Gottfried John, German actor (d. 2014)

Births78 years ago

1943 - Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photographer and journalist (d. 1996)

Births77 years ago

1943 - Dick Halligan, American pianist and composer

Births77 years ago

1943 - Arthur B. McDonald, Canadian astrophysicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

Births77 years ago

1945 - Chris Copping, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births75 years ago

1945 - Wyomia Tyus, American runner

Births75 years ago

1946 - Bob Beamon, American long jumper

Births74 years ago

1946 - Francine D. Blau, American economist and academic

Births74 years ago

1946 - Demetris Christofias, Cypriot businessman and politician, 6th President of Cyprus (d. 2019)

Births74 years ago

1946 - Giorgio Orsoni, Italian lawyer and politician, 17th Mayor of Venice

Births74 years ago

1947 - Temple Grandin, American ethologist, academic, and author

Births73 years ago

1947 - James Hunt, English race car driver and sportscaster (d. 1993)

Births73 years ago

1948 - Robert S. Langer, American chemical engineer, entrepreneur, and academic

Births72 years ago

1949 - Stan Hansen, American wrestler and actor

Births71 years ago

1950 - Doug DeCinces, American baseball player

Births70 years ago

1950 - Frank Henenlotter, American director and screenwriter

Births70 years ago

1950 - Dave Reichert, American soldier and politician

Births70 years ago

1951 - Geoff Whitehorn, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births69 years ago

1952 - Karen Hesse, American author and poet

Births68 years ago

1952 - Dave Malone, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births68 years ago

1952 - Don Schlitz, American Hall of Fame country music songwriter

Births68 years ago

1953 - David Boaz, American businessman and author

Births67 years ago

1953 - Richard Harding, English rugby player

Births67 years ago

1953 - James Quesada, Nicaraguan-American anthropologist and academic

Births67 years ago

1954 - Michael P. Kube-McDowell, American journalist, author, and academic

Births66 years ago

1955 - Diamanda Galás, American singer-songwriter and pianist

Births65 years ago

1955 - Jack Lew, American lawyer and politician, 25th White House Chief of Staff

Births65 years ago

1956 - Mark Morris, American dancer and choreographer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Eddie Murray, American football player

Births64 years ago

1956 - Charalambos Xanthopoulos, Greek footballer

Births64 years ago

1956 - Steve Yarbrough, American novelist and short story writer

Births64 years ago

1957 - Jerry D. Bailey, American jockey and sportscaster

Births63 years ago

1957 - Grzegorz Ciechowski, Polish singer-songwriter, film music composer (d. 2001)

Births63 years ago

1958 - Lenny Henry, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

Births62 years ago

1958 - Michael Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor (d. 2009)

Births62 years ago

1959 - Rebecca De Mornay, American actress

Births61 years ago

1959 - Ramón Díaz, Argentinian footballer and manager

Births61 years ago

1959 - Ray Elgaard, Canadian football player

Births61 years ago

1959 - Chris Hadfield, Canadian colonel, pilot, and astronaut

Births61 years ago

1959 - Eddi Reader, Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

Births61 years ago

1959 - Timothy Shriver, American businessman and activist

Births61 years ago

1959 - Stephen Wolfram, English-American physicist and mathematician

Births61 years ago

1959 - Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian film actor, Producer and Businessman

Births61 years ago

1960 - Todd English, American chef and author

Births60 years ago

1960 - Tony MacAlpine, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Births60 years ago

1961 - Carsten Fischer, German field hockey player

Births59 years ago

1961 - Rodney McCray, American basketball player

Births59 years ago

1962 - Carl Banks, American football player and sportscaster

Births58 years ago

1962 - Hiroki Kikuta, Japanese game designer and composer

Births58 years ago

1962 - Ian James Corlett, Canadian voice actor, writer, producer and author

Births58 years ago

1962 - Simon Thurley, English historian and academic

Births58 years ago

1963 - Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer-songwriter

Births57 years ago

1964 - Perri "Pebbles" Reid, American dance-pop and urban contemporary singer-songwriter

Births56 years ago

1964 - Zisis Tsekos, Greek footballer

Births56 years ago

1965 - Will Perdue, American basketball player and sportscaster

Births55 years ago

1966 - Jörn Großkopf, German footballer and manager

Births54 years ago

1967 - Neil Gorsuch, American judge

Births53 years ago

1967 - Anton Newcombe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births53 years ago

1968 - Meshell Ndegeocello, German-American singer-songwriter

Births52 years ago

1969 - Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player

Births51 years ago

1969 - Jennifer Crittenden, American screenwriter and producer

Births51 years ago

1969 - Lucero, Mexican singer, songwriter, actress, and television host

Births51 years ago

1971 - Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player and coach

Births49 years ago

1971 - Alex Griffin, English bass player

Births49 years ago

1971 - Carla Gugino, American actress

Births49 years ago

1972 - Amanda Marshall, Canadian singer-songwriter

Births48 years ago

1972 - Bae Yong-joon, South Korean actor

Births48 years ago

1973 - Vincent Cavanagh, English singer and guitarist

Births47 years ago

1973 - Olivier Jacque, French motorcycle racer

Births47 years ago

1974 - Kumi Tanioka, Japanese keyboard player and composer

Births46 years ago

1975 - Kyle Cook, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

Births45 years ago

1976 - Stephen Carr, Irish footballer

Births44 years ago

1976 - Phil Harvey, English businessman

Births44 years ago

1976 - Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Georgios Kalaitzis, Greek basketball player

Births44 years ago

1976 - Pablo Mastroeni, Argentine-American soccer player and manager

Births44 years ago

1976 - Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer and manager

Births44 years ago

1977 - Cayetano, Greek DJ and producer

Births43 years ago

1977 - Devean George, American basketball player

Births43 years ago

1977 - John Patrick O'Brien, American soccer player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Roy Oswalt, American baseball player

Births43 years ago

1977 - Charlie Pickering, Australian comedian and radio host

Births43 years ago

1977 - Aaron Rowand, American baseball player and sportscaster

Births43 years ago

1978 - Volkan Arslan, German-Turkish footballer

Births42 years ago

1978 - Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer

Births42 years ago

1979 - Stijn Devolder, Belgian cyclist

Births41 years ago

1979 - Kristjan Rahnu, Estonian decathlete

Births41 years ago

1979 - Ryan Shealy, American baseball player

Births41 years ago

1980 - Chris Simms, American football player

Births40 years ago

1980 - David West, American basketball player

Births40 years ago

1981 - Geneviève Jeanson, Canadian cyclist

Births39 years ago

1981 - Jay Ryan, New Zealand-Australian actor and producer

Births39 years ago

1982 - Ruhila Adatia-Sood, Kenyan journalist and radio host (d. 2013)

Births38 years ago

1982 - Carlos Delfino, Argentinian-Italian basketball player

Births38 years ago

1982 - Vincent Enyeama, Nigerian footballer

Births38 years ago

1983 - Antti Niemi, Finnish ice hockey player

Births37 years ago

1986 - Hajime Isayama, Japanese illustrator

Births34 years ago

1986 - Lea Michele, American actress and singer

Births34 years ago

1987 - Tony Kane, Irish footballer

Births33 years ago

1990 - Jakub Kosecki, Polish footballer

Births30 years ago

1990 - Patrick van Aanholt, Dutch footballer

Births30 years ago

1991 - Néstor Araujo, Mexican footballer

Births29 years ago

1991 - Deshaun Thomas, American basketball player

Births29 years ago

1992 - Mallu Magalhães, Brazilian singer-songwriter

Births28 years ago

1992 - Noah Syndergaard, American baseball player

Births28 years ago

1993 - Liam Payne, English singer-songwriter

Births27 years ago


886 - Basil I, Byzantine emperor (b. 811)


939 - Wang Jipeng, Chinese emperor of Min


939 - Li Chunyan, Chinese empress

Deaths1081 years ago

956 - Fu the Elder, Chinese empress


979 - Abu Taghlib, Hamdanid emir


1021 - Minamoto no Yorimitsu, Japanese nobleman (b. 948)

Deaths999 years ago

1046 - Gerard of Csanád Venetian monk and Hungarian bishop (b.980)

Deaths974 years ago

1093 - Hugh I, duke of Burgundy (b. 1057)

Deaths927 years ago

1123 - Eystein I, king of Norway (b. 1088)

Deaths897 years ago

1135 - Al-Mustarshid, Abbasid caliph (b. 1092)

Deaths885 years ago

1159 - Bertha of Sulzbach, Byzantine empress

Deaths861 years ago

1298 - Eleanor of England, Countess of Bar, English princess (b. 1269)

Deaths722 years ago

1315 - Peter Tempesta, Italian nobleman (b. 1291)

Deaths705 years ago

1315 - Charles of Taranto, Italian nobleman (b. 1296)

Deaths705 years ago

1395 - Albert III, duke of Austria (b. 1349)

Deaths625 years ago

1442 - John V, duke of Brittany (b. 1389)

Deaths578 years ago

1499 - Alesso Baldovinetti, Florentine painter (b. 1427)

Deaths521 years ago

1523 - Ulrich von Hutten, Lutheran reformer (b. 1488)

Deaths497 years ago

1526 - Louis II, king of Hungary and Croatia (b. 1506)

Deaths494 years ago

1526 - Pál Tomori Hungarian archbishop and soldier (b. 1475)

Deaths494 years ago

1533 - Atahualpa, Inca emperor (b. 1497)

Deaths487 years ago

1542 - Cristóvão da Gama, Portuguese commander (b. 1516)

Deaths478 years ago

1604 - Hamida Banu Begum, Mughal empress (b. 1527)

Deaths416 years ago

1657 - John Lilburne, English activist (b. 1614)

Deaths363 years ago

1712 - Gregory King, English genealogist, engraver, and statistician (b. 1648)

Deaths308 years ago

1749 - Matthias Bel, Hungarian pastor and polymath (b. 1684)

Deaths271 years ago

1769 - Edmond Hoyle, English author and educator (b. 1672)

Deaths251 years ago

1780 - Jacques-Germain Soufflot, French architect, co-designed The Panthéon (b. 1713)

Deaths240 years ago

1799 - Pius VI, pope of the Catholic Church (b. 1717)

Deaths221 years ago

1844 - Edmund Ignatius Rice, Irish missionary and educator, founded the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers (b. 1762)

Deaths176 years ago

1856 - Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, English author and activist (b. 1778)

Deaths164 years ago

1866 - Tokugawa Iemochi, Japanese shōgun (b. 1846)

Deaths154 years ago
Deaths143 years ago

1889 - Stefan Dunjov, Bulgarian colonel (b. 1815)

Deaths131 years ago

1891 - Pierre Lallement, French businessman, invented the bicycle (b. 1843)

Deaths129 years ago

1892 - William Forbes Skene, Scottish historian and author (b. 1809)

Deaths128 years ago

1904 - Murad V, Ottoman sultan (b. 1840)

Deaths116 years ago

1917 - George Huntington Hartford, American businessman (b. 1833)

Deaths103 years ago

1930 - William Archibald Spooner, English priest and author (b. 1844)

Deaths90 years ago

1931 - David T. Abercrombie, American businessman, co-founded Abercrombie & Fitch (b. 1867)

Deaths89 years ago

1944 - Attik, Greek pianist and composer (b. 1885)

Deaths76 years ago

1946 - Adolphus Busch III, American businessman (b. 1891)

Deaths74 years ago

1946 - John Steuart Curry, American painter and academic (b. 1897)

Deaths74 years ago

1951 - Sydney Chapman, English economist and civil servant (b. 1871)

Deaths69 years ago

1952 - Anton Piëch, Austrian lawyer (b. 1894)

Deaths68 years ago

1958 - Marjorie Flack, American author and illustrator (b. 1897)

Deaths62 years ago

1966 - Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian theorist, author, and poet (b. 1906)

Deaths54 years ago

1968 - Ulysses S. Grant III, American general (b. 1881)

Deaths52 years ago

1971 - Nathan Freudenthal Leopold Jr., American murderer (b. 1904)

Deaths49 years ago

1972 - Lale Andersen, German singer-songwriter (b. 1905)

Deaths48 years ago

1975 - Éamon de Valera, Irish soldier and politician, 3rd President of Ireland (b. 1882)

Deaths45 years ago

1977 - Jean Hagen, American actress (b. 1923)

Deaths43 years ago

1977 - Brian McGuire, Australian race car driver (b. 1945)

Deaths43 years ago

1979 - Gertrude Chandler Warner, American author and educator (b. 1890)

Deaths41 years ago

1981 - Lowell Thomas, American journalist and author (b. 1892)

Deaths39 years ago

1982 - Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (b. 1915)

Deaths38 years ago

1982 - Lehman Engel, American composer and conductor (b. 1910)

Deaths38 years ago

1985 - Evelyn Ankers, British-American actress (b. 1918)

Deaths35 years ago

1987 - Archie Campbell, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1914)

Deaths33 years ago

1987 - Lee Marvin, American actor (b. 1924)

Deaths33 years ago

1989 - Peter Scott, English explorer and painter (b. 1909)

Deaths31 years ago

1990 - Manly Palmer Hall, Canadian-American mystic and author (b. 1901)

Deaths30 years ago

1991 - Libero Grassi, Italian businessman (b. 1924)

Deaths29 years ago

1992 - Félix Guattari, French philosopher and theorist (b. 1930)

Deaths28 years ago

1995 - Frank Perry, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1930)

Deaths25 years ago

2000 - Shelagh Fraser, English actress (b. 1922)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Willie Maddren, English footballer and manager (b. 1951)

Deaths20 years ago

2000 - Conrad Marca-Relli, American-Italian painter and academic (b. 1913)

Deaths20 years ago

2001 - Graeme Strachan, Australian singer-songwriter & television personality (b. 1952)

Deaths19 years ago

2001 - Francisco Rabal, Spanish actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1926)

Deaths19 years ago

2002 - Lance Macklin, English race car driver (b. 1919)

Deaths18 years ago

2003 - Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi politician (b. 1939)

Deaths17 years ago

2003 - Patrick Procktor, English painter and academic (b. 1936)

Deaths17 years ago

2004 - Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (b. 1942)

Deaths16 years ago

2007 - James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand businessman (b. 1914)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Richard Jewell, American police officer (b. 1962)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Pierre Messmer, French civil servant and politician, 154th Prime Minister of France (b. 1916)

Deaths13 years ago

2007 - Alfred Peet, Dutch-American businessman, founded Peet's Coffee & Tea (b. 1920)

Deaths13 years ago

2008 - Geoffrey Perkins, English actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1953)

Deaths12 years ago

2008 - Michael Schoenberg, American geophysicist and theorist (b. 1939)

Deaths12 years ago

2011 - Honeyboy Edwards, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1915)

Deaths9 years ago

2011 - Junpei Takiguchi, Japanese voice actor (b. 1931)

Deaths9 years ago

2012 - Ruth Goldbloom, Canadian academic and philanthropist, co-founded Pier 21 (b. 1923)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, English historian and author (b. 1953)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Shoshichi Kobayashi, Japanese-American mathematician and academic (b. 1932)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Anne McKnight, American soprano (b. 1924)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Les Moss, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1925)

Deaths8 years ago

2012 - Sergei Ovchinnikov, Russian volleyball player and coach (b. 1969)

Deaths8 years ago

2013 - Joan L. Krajewski, American lawyer and politician (b. 1934)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, Zambian cardinal (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2013 - Bruce C. Murray, American geologist and academic, co-founded The Planetary Society (b. 1931)

Deaths7 years ago

2014 - Octavio Brunetti, Argentinian pianist and composer (b. 1975)

Deaths6 years ago

2014 - Björn Waldegård, Swedish race car driver (b. 1943)

Deaths6 years ago

2016 - Gene Wilder, American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author (b. 1933)

Deaths4 years ago

2018 - James Mirrlees, Scottish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1936)

Deaths2 years ago

2018 - Paul Taylor, American choreographer (b. 1930)

Deaths2 years ago

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